Highland Park Police Station

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Highland Park Police Station
Highland Park Police Station, 2007
Highland Park Police Station is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Highland Park Police Station
Highland Park Police Station is located in California
Highland Park Police Station
Highland Park Police Station is located in the US
Highland Park Police Station
Location 6045 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Coordinates 34°7′8″N 118°11′12″W / 34.11889°N 118.18667°W / 34.11889; -118.18667Coordinates: 34°7′8″N 118°11′12″W / 34.11889°N 118.18667°W / 34.11889; -118.18667
Built 1926
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other
NRHP Reference #


LAHCM # 274
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 22, 1984
Designated LAHCM January 4, 1984

The Highland Park Police Station on York Boulevard in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles, California, USA is the city's oldest surviving police station. Closed in 1983, the station is now operated as the Los Angeles Police Museum. It has been designated as a Historic Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Built from 1925-1926 at a cost of $100,000, the station opened in April 1926 in a ceremony attended by Chief Edgar Davis and Police Commissioners Birnbaum, Insley and Webster.[2]

A number of big cases were handled out of the Highland Park station; it was that Det. Robert Grogan pursued the "Hillside Stranglers", Angelo Buono, Jr.. and Kenneth Bianchi.[3] In the early 1980s, the building was cited for failure to meet seismic safety standards and was described as a "Shake and Bake Hellhole".[4] The radical Symbionese Liberation Army (the group that kidnapped Patty Hearst and engaged in an infamous shootout with the LAPD in 1974) planted a bomb in the Highland Park Station in 1973, but it proved to be a dud.[3]

The S.L.A. planted a bomb in the station in 1973.

In 1942, future LAPD Chief Daryl Gates was arrested and briefly held at the Highland Park station after punching a police officer; in 1963, Gates returned as a police captain in command of the station. He later wrote, "Never dreaming I would voluntarily return to the station where I'd been brought in for punching a cop, I showed up for work, eager to continue trying out my talents as a boss."[3]

The station was closed in 1983 as the Los Angeles Police Department moved its Northeast Division to a new location. With the vacant station threatened by demolition, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission declared the building a Historic Cultural Monument (HCM #274) in January 1984;[5] it was added to the National Register of Historic Places two months later in March 1984. It is the only precinct police station in California listed on the National Register. (The City of San Diego Police Headquarters, Jails and Courts building is also registered.)

As late as 1985, the city considered several proposals to convert the building to commercial office and retail space, a live theater and restaurant.

Television production[edit]

Because it is Los Angeles' last surviving station built in the 1920s, the building has been sought-after as a filming location. The city's motion picture coordination office scheduled reservations by film and tv crews several months in advance.[6] The building has also been used in television as an establishing shot for the Mathnet (1987–88) and Pawnee (2011) police stations,[7] and others.[8]

Los Angeles Police Museum[edit]

The building now houses the Los Angeles Police Museum, including photographs, uniforms, badges, squad cars, a paddy wagon, and bullet-riddled vehicles.[3] The museum chronicles the formation of the LAPD from its beginnings in 1869 to the present day. The original jail cells of the Highland Park Police Station can be viewed along with a reproduction of the first police woman’s uniform in the nation worn by LAPD officer Alice Stebbins Wells in 1910.[9] The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Ne Highland Park Police Station Formally Opened Yesterday". Los Angeles Times. 1926-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d Cecilia Rasmussen (2003-09-07). "L.A. Then and Now: Retired Police Station No. 11 Found a New Career". Los Angeles Times.  ("In 1973, the Symbionese Liberation Army planted a bomb inside the station; it was a dud.")
  4. ^ Greg Braxton (1983-10-16). "Highland Park Feeling 'Deserted' at Loss of Old Police Station: Neighborhood Frets as Police Prepare to Move Away". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Los Angeles Department of City Planning (2007-09-07). "Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  6. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-03/news/gl-923_1_city-historical-landmark
  7. ^ http://www.bendouwsma.com/blog/2011/11/26/pawnee-police-station-mathnet-hq
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Highland%20Park%20Police%20Station%20-%206045%20York%20Blvd.,%20Highland%20Park,%20Los%20Angeles,%20California,%20USA&sort=year,desc&view=advanced
  9. ^ Kreuzer, Nikki, "Offbeat L.A.: Police on my Back- The LAPD Museum", "The Los Angeles Beat", May 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Police Museum". Los Angeles Police Historical Society. 

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